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Women and Children Beaten in India: Police Do Nothing

Tribal school Vandalized in Maharashtra-Police refuse to take action

ICC Note:

A former member of parliament is being accused of instigating an attack against women and children.  It’s alleged that by accusing the school of converting children to Christianity he instigated a group of twenty people to enter the school; injuring staff, beating women and scaring the children.

07/17/2012 India (CPUI)-Br.Nitin Sardar, chairperson of Dinbandhu Trust, the Christian NGO that runs the school in Maharashtra state’s Yavatmal district, said a group of around 20 people entered the dormitory of Ankur English Medium School on June 16, injuring staff and scaring students into going home.

Police have not taken any action, Sardar said. The dormitory, which housed about 20 students, has been closed. The majority of the 250 students at the school are from the Pardhi tribe, which was considered criminal under British rule and still faces discrimination.

Sardar alleged that a former member of parliament, Jambuwantrao Dhote, instigated the attackers by accusing the NGO of converting Pardhi children to Christianity.Prakash Phuleny, a Pardhi parent, said the incident has so frightened the students that they do not want to go back to the hostel. “The goons did not spare even our women, who were also beaten up,” he said.

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